He is a blue cat Yo-kai with a white chest, muzzle, and paw tips. His nose and inner-ear are dull pink and facial expression is in contrast from most of the Cat Yo-kai. At the centre of his forehead is a white scar. He wears a dull grey belt which has a swirled sphere on it, and a long red cloth worn as a cloak.
Hovernyan also has another form, called Meganyan. Which causes him to turn into that if he overeats too much, as revealed in Yo-kai Watch 3.
Hovernyan has a very righteous personality, doing what's right often and standing up for his friends. Hovernyan is shown to be very patient, but after a while, he can lose focus of the task he is given. He is also very embarrassed about becoming Meganyan. He is seen to act very childishly as seen in the movie when introducing the "Rewind Stone" and made his own sound effects. He has strange ways of doing normal things.
He is a friend of Nathan's grandfather, Nathaniel. In the games, if Katie is selected as the playable character, He is a friend of her grandfather, Kenny.
Hovernyan has the ability to fly, and in the movie, throw balls of energy and coats his fists in it. As well as this, he has the ability to morph into a cat.
When Nathan and Nathaniel borrow all the other Yo-kai's strength, Hovernyan is transformed into his grittier, more powerful version, Darknyan.
Yo-kai Watch 2
Scan Hovernyan's QR Code at Piggleston Bank to obtain the Keepsake Cap, which will make Hovernyan appear. He is found in the Ninja Forest by Harrisville in the past, where he can be battled once a day until he's befriended through the regular method.
Yo-kai Watch Blasters
Yo-kai Watch 3
Hovernyan can be befriended in the quest Blasters Boot Camp!, available after Chapter 10. The player must talk to Sgt. Burly at the Yo-kai Blasters house and run to Lord Enma's palace. There, the player will have to catch twenty-five Yo-kai within three minutes. After the player manages to do so, Hovernyan will fight you, and afterwards, be befriended.
"Hovernyan" is a combination of hover and nyan, the Japanese onomatopoeia for a cat's meow.
"Fuyunyan" is similar, but instead combines with fuyū (Japanese: 浮遊,"floating").
This Yo-kai's appearance could be inspired by the Japanese Tokusatsu hero Kamen Rider and possibly Riderman.
He is the first highest-ranked partner Yo-kai, the second being Usapyon.
He is a wandering spirit as opposed to an earthbound spirit like Jibanyan, however Jibanyan (Shadowside) is a wandering spirit as well.
His Japanese name sounds like fuyu (冬), which means winter in English. It could be a reference to the fact that Hovernyan mostly appears as a movie-exclusive character, that usually comes out during the winter season in Japan.
The wordplay was brought up in EP200, where he says that he only comes during the winter.
In Yo-kai Watch 3, his Soultimate was renamed from Gusty Cross Paw to Gutsy Cross Paw. It's unknown if it was a typo or not.
In the Latin Spanish dub of the first & second movie, he is called Levinyan. This was actually the early name of Hovernyan in the European-Spanish version of Yo-kai Watch 2 before it was changed.
After official promotional art for Japanese food chain Pizza-La was posted showing him eating pizza, it was made fun of in the Japanese fandom to the point of creating constant parodies surrounding it.
If Hovernyan is fed that food in Yo-kai Watch 3, he will show an average liking for it.
Hovernyan was the first Yo-kai from the original series to retain it's appearance in his Yo-kai Ark as for his Lightside form.
There was originally going to be a scene in M02 where Nate summons Hovernyan, likely from the Yo-kai Medal he obtained in the post-credits scene of Yo-kai Watch: The Movie. It was storyboarded, but was removed in the final cut for unknown reasons.
In other languages
A combination of fuyū (Japanese: 浮遊,"floating") and nyan, the Japanese onomatopoeia for a cat's meow.
Same as the English name.
Same as the English name. From Levitar (Levitate) and nyan.